Saturday, January 31, 2009

GNB Weekend Update--Super Bowl Edition

Welcome to your Super Bowl weekend...Might be late, but better late than never...And now the news.

It's an opportunity to "close a very painful chapter" in Georgia history.

Those were just some of the remarks State Senator Seth Harp made to the Georgia Alumni Association of Black State Universities during its meeting in Atlanta Thursday. Just the day before, Harp introduced resolution S.R. 84. It would lead to the merger of two historically black public universities, and two predominantly white institutions. Those schools are Albany State University and Darton College in Albany, and Armstrong Atlantic and Savannah State Universities in Savannah. Any merger of public colleges and universities must be approved by the Board of Regents. But Chancellor Erroll Davis is opposed to Harp's proposal. He says it would be detrimental to the students.

The ongoing economic downturn now has an effect on the bus manufacturing industry. reports the Fort Valley-based Blue Bird Corporation has laid off an undisclosed number of its employees, which were mostly adminstrative personnel. But the news wasn't all bad, as Blue Bird announced plans to add 100 more jobs to the 1,800-employee facility.

Finally, there was both good and bad news for economic observers in Milledgeville. The bad news came in the form of Shaw Industries leaving town earlier this week. The closing of the carpet manufacturer will result in the loss of 150 jobs. On the bright side, Rheem announced that it's recalling the 700 workers that were laid off last year. They'll be back on the job February 16.

That's the news. Remember to log on to for fresh news all weekend long. In the meantime, may the best team win Super Bowl XLIII, whether it be the Pittsburgh Steelers, or the Arizona Cardinals.

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